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NY Times: being anti-tax is an act of vandalism

DesScorp (410532) writes | more than 4 years ago

User Journal 1

Robert Frank takes the NYT's standards even lower. Now it seems that if you think lower taxes are better than higher taxes, well, you're some kind of vandal.

Robert Frank takes the NYT's standards even lower. Now it seems that if you think lower taxes are better than higher taxes, well, you're some kind of vandal.

"Anti-tax zealots denounce all taxation as theft, as depriving citizens of their right to spend their hard-earned incomes as they see fit. Yet nowhere does the Constitution grant us the right not to be taxed. Nor does it grant us the right to harm others with impunity. No one is permitted to steal our cars or vandalize our homes. Why should opponents of taxation be allowed to harm us in less direct ways?"

"Be allowed"? Nice, Ill Duce. We'll take that under advisement. BTW, here's what the law actually says about issue:

"Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes." - Judge Learned Hand, Helvering v. Gregory, 69 F.2d 809, 810-11 (2d Cir. 1934)

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ncc74656 (45571) | more than 4 years ago | (#30354754)

From TFA:

Yet nowhere does the Constitution grant us the right not to be taxed.

That would be because the Constitution doesn't grant any rights; that's not its purpose. That someone this ignorant is given the soapbox at one of the alleged "great newspapers" is disturbing. Can't say it's much of a surprise, though.

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